I know how you feel: I just got a used junk Canon 1Ds3, after a bunch of Nikons and suddenly I'm shooting random street images again.
I have had 70% of the issues T mentions with my M-8. I thought about buying an M9 or what's it called now M?
I even thought about the M240 (is that really it's name?) but I'm not that wild about the cmos samples I've seen from this camera and the M digital is so strange.
Actually the battery issue is the one that just breaks your brain. A new battery at 75'% and the camera shuts down. Put another battery in and it runs again, then same thing.
Unlike T I don't think an M is worth the hassel. Not with some of the newer cameras that are out there.
So I've passed on another Leica for now.
The last few months I have been buried in production and post production and yesterday, had to clear my head and went out for 2 hours to a camera store I personally like, not too far from our Dallas studio in Arlington.
A kind of throwback in time where people that love photography are actually behind the counters and will let you try a camera . . . any camera. Really fun.
Anyway I'm looking at a 4/3's camera for an upcoming project, mostly for video capabilities as I need a small form factor, autofocus and the ability to shoot video level stills in the same format as the motion, so I compared the Pana gh3 and the Olympus OMD.
Across the board the GH3 is a much better video camera, the touch screen autofocus for video is really amazing and the build quality is tank like. It feels like a smaller 1dx and acts like one, though maybe even more sturdy and has autofocus for video..
It is very well thought out for video and shoots a nice still file.
It even wi-fi's solidly to an Ipad which is pretty amazing for the cost.
The Panasonic will do exactly what I want, especially with the two new 2.8 constant zooms, the problem is it's just a camera that works, not a camera that you get attached to.
The Olympus on the other hand is the opposite of the Pana. It reminds me of a leica because it's so jewel like. . It doesn't do the professional things I need like the Pana, but it's such a tremendously compelling camera and
the only camera I've held in a long time that is exciting, especially with the series of fast little primes they offer.
I'll buy the Pana on Monday, but want the OMD, actually really want the OMD and then I messed with the Fuji X1 Pro.
The Fuji is not as jewel like as the Olympus and it feels larger though lighter than a Leica M, but operationally it's what a modern Leica should be.
Autofocus, high iso with a different looking file through Fuji's sensor, a crazy hybrid viewfinder and three nice primes, (though only three).
It doesn't wow me like the Olympus, actually nothing has moved me like the Olympus, but the X1 is really nice.
I like these 4/3's cameras. (the Fuji is a 2:3 crop APS) though I wish the sensorof 4:3 was larger in size (not really pixels, just dimensionally larger), though love the 4-3 format for verticals and the articulating screens. They're really well thought out,
have new lenses that are sharp, articulating screens that are not a gimmick but really usable.
Actually the 4/3's and the X1 somewhat illustrate to me where digital could really go. Different form factors, articulating screens, wi-fi to Ipads, phones, interesting lenses, in all speeds,
hybrid viewfinders and in the case of the olympus and Fuji cameras that don't look like the lump of plastic dslrs.
It's a shame that Panasonic doesn't have a camera history to fall back on. The Fuji is interesting, the OMD is interesting, the GH3 boring, but does so much.
Shot with gh1, around 1,000 iso, Broncolor HMI.